Well, I finally made myself sit down and go through those 1000+ intake forms that have been sitting on my table since I got back from Ghana a month ago! Now all the data is entered, nice and neat, on spreadsheets and I've put together some thoughts on the mission, based on what we recorded. Please note that this is not a scientific study, nor should it be taken as such. But, I think it will give the readers a better idea of what sort of work we do, and the impact we make on the poor villages we work in.
We conducted outreach clinics in three different communities in Southeastern Ghana (Volta Region) - two remote villages, and one small town. In all cases, the patients we saw had come from the numerous villages surrounding the clinic locale. People who can't afford medical care get excited when the "American doctors" come to town and will walk miles to be seen. So although the clinics were held in specific places, our patients didn't necessarily come from that village/town.
In total, we saw and treated 1065 patients, ranging in age from one month, to 108 years old! Our nurse practitioner and three RNs worked alongside our Ghana Health Service team of a physician's assistants, nurses, and a pharmacist, to diagnose and treat these patients.